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Microsoft Releases System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Data Protection Manager (DPM) is the new standard for Windows backup and recovery, delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media. DPM enables rapid and reliable recovery through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes.

Today’s business climate is more challenging than ever and businesses are under constant pressure to lower costs while improving overall operational efficiency. In short, businesses are being asked to “do more for less.” One way that enterprises of all sizes can reduce costs and improve business agility is by changing the way data protection is managed.

New features in Data Protection Manager 2007:

Unmatched Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint Functionality
DPM 2007 offers integrated support for advanced Exchange and SQL cluster configurations, shorter SQL backup windows w/o the need for compression, as well as advanced SharePoint data protection options.

Zero data loss Restores for Applications
DPM 2007 enables lossless recovery of Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint servers without the need for constant replication or synchronization by seamlessly integrating a point in time database restore with the existing application logs.

Host Based Virtual Server Backups
DPM 2007 includes support for host based backup of Windows Virtual Server guests. Using a single host based DPM agent to provide application consistent backups of any and all guests residing on a host. DPM can protect any operating system or application via this mechanism as long as they are running on a Windows host server.

End User Restores
Integrated Windows restore experience; file level recovery is as simple as a right mouse click. No need for cumbersome and often unreliable web interfaces.

Shorter backup windows
Patented Block Level Filter technology shortens full backup windows by only moving changed data.

Seamless Media Integration
DPM 2007 features seamless integration between disk and tape media, including an intelligent UI that abstracts the operator from the need to separately manage disk and tape media, an integrated restore experience for both disk and tape, and rich media management functionality.

Enhanced media reliability
Tape read and writes process is resistant to errors resulting in consistent and reliable tape archiving.

Advanced Data De-Duplication Technology
Patented filter technology reduces the volume of full backups by as much as 90% in typical organizations, saving disk space and reducing full backup time from hours to minutes. VSS point in time snapshots further reduce the disk volume required, while Express full backup images increase number of available restore points which can be captured.

Decreased network footprint
Express full Backups reduce network traffic and an enhanced network throttling mechanism allows for more granular management of traffic.

Unified Policy engine
DPM allows protection to be configured across separate platforms and applications with a single policy, allowing you to manage protection across applications from a single UI.

SLA driven UI
Protection policies are based on intent and SLA’s creating a layer of abstraction that insulates the user from the often confusing process of scheduling individual backup jobs in order to meet an overall SLA.

Continuous Data Protection
DPM captures data changes as they occur in real-time and synchronizes every 15 minutes to ensure Windows data and user productivity are protected—unlike other legacy methods that backup data only once a day—so that business critical data can be protected at all times.

Rapid Recovery
Backing up data to disk provides the fastest way to recover data that’s been lost due to user error or software and hardware corruption. With DPM, recovering information is as simple as browsing a share and copying directly from the DPM platform to the production server within seconds. By restoring data from disk, DPM enables customers to recover data in minutes, versus the hours it takes to recover from tape.

Reliable Recovery
DPM leverages disk-based backup to provide the highest level of reliability versus traditional—and often unpredictable—tape backup methods. All of the various failure points for tape backup, including corrupt indexes, broken media, misplaced cartridges, and human error are all avoided by relying on disk storage as the primary restoration medium, while still leveraging tape for long-term archival storage.

Unified Protection Policies Across Data Types
DPM allows protection to be configured across heterogeneous applications and file-sharing platforms with a single policy. This allows you to manage logical groupings of data from a single UI—delivering Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and File data mixed, within a single policy, to any combination of disk and tape protection.

Additional DPM 2007 Features:

  • Microsoft SharePoint Support
  • DPM Disaster Recovery and availability solutions (including DPM protecting DPM)
  • Vista and XP desktop protection for workstations permanently attached to the network
  • Command Line Interface based on Power Shell
  • Management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • Improved Manageability (Filtering in Jobs’ view, Authenticated SMTP Server support for sending alert notification etc.)
  • Protection of Virtual Server 2005 R2 guest OS’s
  • Virtual Server host based backup support
  • Tape data Encryption
  • Install and Protect Longhorn
  • System State Backup Support
  • Additional Network Bandwidth throttling Options
  • Pre-script/post-script support

Download the trial software, here.

Published Monday, October 29, 2007 6:15 AM by David Marshall
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